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Human Connection

How Talking To Strangers Can Transform Your Life

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living

We have all heard the warning from our parents time and time again: Don't speak to strangers. As we grow older, avoiding strangers becomes less of a s...

As Fitbits for Feelings Emerge, Whither Empathy?

Techonomy | Posted 05.29.2014 | Technology
Techonomy

Are we losing touch with one another? Are we sinking towards something like Roman civilization, when bloodthirsty spectators eagerly watched men fight to the death in the name of entertainment, now just on high-def screens? Or could empathy in society actually be enhanced by the capabilities of technology?

What Your iPhone Can Teach You About Trust

Tara Hedman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Tara Hedman

Nearly every day, I plug my iPhone into my computer at the office. My phone has about a six and a half minute battery life these days, so avoiding the dreaded plug in is not an option. When I do, a little box pops up on the phone screen that makes me click "Trust" or "Don't Trust."

Why Our Children Need Us Now More Than Ever

Stephanie Bender | Posted 07.01.2014 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

Many believe that the current age of technology keeps us more connected. I disagree. Computers, cellphones, iPads, etc. serve a purpose, but it's not to keep us connected with each other. The disconnect amongst people is startling. Instead of interacting with a real, live human being, we read emails or texts. Or, perhaps we read a blog. We're far more attached to technology than people.

Only Connect

Richard Abrons | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

Nothing is more satisfying than connecting, truly connecting, with another soul or group of souls. Mostly, however, we skim the surface, maintain our poise, do not penetrate or reveal.

Why I've Stopped Putting Anyone on a Pedestal

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

This year has been quite an adventure. I've moved from having many of my heroes on my vision board to meeting nearly all of them in real life, and in ...

The 4 Differences Between Surviving And Thriving

Kate Bartolotta | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Bartolotta

In light of those things we cannot change, it makes sense that we would do everything in our power to choose habits that will serve to strengthen our ability to bounce back in difficult times.

Karen van Bergen: Where Should We Meet? Sustaining Real Connection in a Hyper-Connected World

Karen van Bergen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Karen van Bergen

More than we care to admit, we now pay for the ease and frequency of our communication with the depth of our relationships. And those depths are where true and meaningful human connection resides.

Three Key Actions to Connecting With People

Matt Ragland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Matt Ragland

From a personal standpoint, we spend a lot of our time networking, learning how to connect with people, and build a relationship, whether it's personal or professional.

If We Could All Tap Into This Quality (Which We Can), The World Would Be A Better Place

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living

In the so-called age of narcissism, it's been said that empathy is declining -- and some research has shown that social media is causing us to become ...

Why We're Wired To Connect

| Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living

By Gareth Cook (Click here for the original article) When we experience social pain — a snub, a cruel word — the feeling is as real as physi...

I Want to Die a Wealthy Man

Ari Andersen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ari Andersen

For the first time in my life I can do whatever I want to do, yet I sometimes find myself wishing the hours of the day would move faster. I am filled with self-doubt about my ability to do something meaningful. I do not think I am alone in thinking these things.

What Has Happened to Respect?

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Gregory G. Allen

Those seven letters: R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Some people demand it. Others expect it. And yet, not everyone gives it. Perhaps we can blame social media and the lack of human connection, but respect has gone out the window in the new age of modern technology.

Near Dweller: How I Wound Up in the Arms of My Neighbor

Danielle Ariano | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Danielle Ariano

"She's gone, Dani," he said just before bursting into loud sobs. His hand rose to cover his face. We had never shared any kind of physical contact, but I didn't hesitate to reach out and touch his shoulder; it seemed the most humane of all my available options.

No Connection. But Is It Really the Technology?

Steph Thompson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Steph Thompson

Technology can't ruin our families or relationships. If it wasn't our phones it would be some other thing that distracts us from each other. Dishes and laundry suffice just fine for excuses not to engage. The real problem -- now, then, and forevermore -- is fear

Redefining the Cycle of a 'Traditional Relationship'

Robin Hoffman | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Robin Hoffman

In the end, it doesn't matter if people end up moving in together, getting the dog, getting married, having kids -- doing it all. The relationship will withstand anything that comes it's way it two people are connected and honest

What Five-letter Word Can't You Live Without?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Can we consciously reframe this deep need for agency in ways that align with life? Can we shift from control as the primary expression of power to experience power as co-creating with nature?

Summer & Judaism's Advice on How to Make the Best of It

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

The "Jewish summer" encourages us to rid ourselves of the fantasy that life's blessings, such as peace and happiness, can be found outside. We ought to re-focus on who we truly are, and what our personal mission statements ought to be.

The Most Underused App On Your Smartphone

Joanne Tombrakos | Posted 09.10.2013 | Women
Joanne Tombrakos

I have over six pages of apps. I can check Facebook, the Stock Market and the weather in Paris. But the thing that used to be my phone's primary purpose -- before it became so smart -- is the most underused app of all.

Can Our Connections Last If We Multitask and Move Too Fast?

Andrea Wachter | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

Can we find a middle ground here? Maybe not so far back as kicking tumbleweed down Main Street, but at least spending some quality time with the people in our lives and putting down our devices sometimes so we can be present with others and ourselves?

Why It's Important to Connect and Have a Conversation

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Summer Rayne Oakes

The two forms of communication -- virtual and physical -- can work in tandem, but the physical kind obviously takes a bit more effort, but most often results in a far more meaningful experience.

Want To Tap Into Your Inner Resilience?

meQuilibrium | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

It's this ability to stay connected, to stand by each other, that has kept the people of Boston strong during one of the worst weeks in the city's storied history. But they're not the only ones who have the ability to shore up resilience. You do. I do.

The Power of Compassion: A Lesson at the Zoo

Ellen Kellner | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Ellen Kellner

I have experienced and witnessed that the only way to transmute violence, anger, and fear is with courageous love and compassion.

People Are the Only Thing That Matter

Shelby Doherty | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Shelby Doherty

The worst thing you can do in this life is let someone think that they don't matter. People need each other, and we have the power to inspire others. Everyone wants to feel that someone cares about them.

Condolence

Sarah Richards Kim, M.D. | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Sarah Richards Kim, M.D.

Some have suggested that sending a condolence card is in fact part of a physician's professional obligation to a patient. Families may be comforted by the affirmation that their loved one was not merely a name on a roster, but a person, whose death is noteworthy.